The city animal control center long imbued with the compassionate spirit of the late Frances K. Steed now bears her name as well.
The name of the longtime Columbus pound director who worked 26 years for the city and guided the facility's transition from an old cinderblock building off Schatulga Road to a modern animal care center at 4910 Milgen Road now marks the entrance to the Frances K. Steed Animal Center.
The new name was unveiled during a ceremony this morning that drew an overflow crowd. Organizers also announced the launch of the Frances Steed Memorial Fund to pay for neutering pets owned by low-income families. Donations may be mailed to PAWS Humane, Frances Steed Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 8964, Columbus, Ga., 31908.
For more information on the fund, call 706-565-0035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steed went to work part-time at the animal shelter on Nov. 15, 1986, and was promoted to full-time shelter director on Oct. 1, 1988. Over the years she was the last human face tens of thousands of unwanted pets saw before they died.
It was difficult work. Steed's daughter Kathy McCarley said her mother tried to give each animal a good meal and kind touch before they were euthanized.
"You had to love animals, but you had to accept that sometimes they were in a better place," McCarley said her mother told her.